Chamisa belts rivals

HARARE - MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has warned officials eyeing his position against working with Zanu PF to grab power from him saying he is firmly in charge of the country’s largest opposition party and would not tolerate dissent.

Chamisa rose to the MDC presidency following the party’s founding president, Morgan Tsvangirai’s death in February this year.

Tsvangirai’s death created an acrimonious power struggle between Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri — who used to deputise the party’s founding father.

In the end Chamisa and Khupe went separate ways — both claiming to be legitimate heirs to the throne. Mudzuri backed off from the tiff, and opted to work with Chamisa.

But with Chamisa’s party headed for its first elective congress after Tsvangirai’s demise, jostling for the top post has reached fever-pitch with MDC secretary general Douglas Mwonzora and Mudzuri, who is one of the party’s deputy presidents, emerging as potential challengers for the top post.

In an ominous warning to his rivals, Chamisa who narrowly lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the July 30 elections, told party supporters at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera at the weekend that Zanu PF was behind his rivals’ bid for power.

“It is surprising that Zanu PF is more interested in our congress than in its own congress as they seek to determine who emerges as the leader of the MDC because they have their preferred candidates and there is dirty money changing hands hence you hear them say Chamisa must go and so and so should take over but we will not allow that,” he thundered.

The 40-year-old former ICT minister accused Zanu PF of being behind Tsvangirai’s death purportedly in the hope that the MDC would die “but were surprised when I rose and proved to be even stronger hence their efforts at blocking me”.

“We are going to have our congress and elect our own leader, leaders that we want not those they want. We will put the one they fear most just to show them that they don’t determine what happens in the MDC. There are some in the leadership who think that because I took over from Tsvangirai I will allow them to do as they please in the party. No I am in charge until congress and will brook no nonsense, I want order and discipline,” he charged.

He insisted that congress was not his and the MDC’s priority at the moment as the party was focusing on “reclaiming our stolen victory”.

Several MDC officials have already taken turns to endorse him as the party’s president going into congress next year and beyond.

Leading the way was MDC secretary for elections, Murisi Zwizwai, organising secretary Amos Chibaya, youth secretary-general Lovemore Chinoputsa and national executive member Tracy Mutinhiri who all rephrased the party’s campaign slogan “2018 Chamisa chete chete to “2018, 2019, 2023 Chamisa chete chete”.

“We are going to congress soon and I want you to show by raising your hand if you believe Chamisa should continue until he says it’s enough. It’s not a crime to aspire to lead but we have made our choice that Chamisa will continue to lead beyond congress,” Zwizwai said.

On his part, Chinoputsa said “a vacancy only exists when someone has failed. Chamisa has won the elections so that means there can be no vacancy at the moment.
President, Mashonaland East has endorsed you so we are saying there is no vacancy,” Chinoputsa declared.

Chamisa has previously appealed to those seeking to challenge his position to eat the chill pill, saying it was too early for them to do so.

Addressing party supporters during MDC’s 19th anniversary celebrations at Gwanzura Stadium recently, Chamisa emphasised the need for unity in the party.

Comments (11)

Kamunhu aka mugabe achaita nani. rubbish chaiyo. This is why now he stage manage some stupid kidnap drama to divert attention from congress. Chamisa YOU ARE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!

chegumi - 12 November 2018

Manje so?

Hon. Temba P. Mliswa - 12 November 2018

Ndapera mafuta, mastatements ayo paripo paaimbotaurwa akatiparira

Munya - 12 November 2018

iyi ndoo inonzi mharapatsetsetse, bumbura, sekausavi, chisakuramabwe chaicho. no leadership qualities at all.

mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - 12 November 2018

Chamisa, Tambolinyoka na Komichi ndo vakauraya Tsvangirayi. Buda pachena Chamisa!!

Will Blackman - 12 November 2018

And he is not a dictator after threats

chamboko - 13 November 2018

What i fail to understand is how Chamisa fails to see that it is wrong for him to campaign and bash opponents whilst preventing them from getting the opportunity to respond. There is no fairness in that. It is corrupt and it is an abuse of office. He is running a smear campaign labelling everyone who wants to compete with him Zanu Pf. That is not acceptable. The opposition needs to set the example of what true democracy looks like by having free and fair elections. If we act in this manner, so how are we different from Zanu Pf? What vision of a better Zimbabwe are we giving the people, when we act just like Zanu Pf. I'm afraid MDC is now captured... and the capture goes right to the top.

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 13 November 2018

I pray that none of the challengers will be intimidated by this behaviour. For the sake of democracy they must be emboldened to challenge him at the congress. If he is a good leader he should be encouraging people to come forward and challenge him.

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 13 November 2018

but pafeya vanhu vanogona kupihwa mari vakatengesa president..Chamisa is right..varikuda power ndivananiko isu tikuda munun'una iyeye..Pamwe pacho hapadi munhu anotonga nesoftaz tinotengesa party iyi

tee - 13 November 2018

Chamisa is fast killing his chances of ever leading Zimbabwe. Who in his proper senses would fertilise the man's dictatorial tendencies by voting him into power?

Mhofu Chaiyo - 13 November 2018

Kana achidai @ 40 years akava president wenyika for the next 50 years tiri pa tight. Kana mobhuruka gomo makabata bhaibheri ndizvo Jehovah vanenge vataura here izvi? Guess our definition of democracy in Africa, particularly Zimbabwe is warped. The cracks are starting to appear in the MDC Alliance leadership. The mayoral elections have exposed the fragility of MDC Alliance, largely the immaturity and naivety of one Nelson Chamisa. He usurped the throne and is pushing the congress goalposts for his benefit. If you were bold to tackle Mnangagwa at the elections why can you not handle an internal which you should easily win if you are the people's choice? The MDC Alliance needs to morph from trade union politics into a proper opposition. We need an opposition leader in parliament to move legislation reforms for better governance, elections etc. All the grandstanding by Chamisa is for his egoistic political ambitions not for the betterment of Zimbabweans. Don't take advantage of the desperation and suffering of Zimbabweans, God will expose you.

Daniel 5 - 14 November 2018

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